Today we woke up for an early walk uphill to the top of Bartolome, a satellite islet of Santiago Island. This relatively new islet is a good place to appreciate different geological formations, such as tuff and spatter cones and basaltic flows. The presence of pioneer plants like Tiquilia nesiotica and lava cactus helps us see how life started in the Galapagos after the first plants were established on the newly formed islands. We also had the chance to explore the underwater world, and we observed many species of fish as well as the elusive Galapagos penguin.
During lunch, we navigated towards Dragon Hill on Santa Cruz Island, a few miles away from Bartolome. This place offers the opportunity to observe the iconic Galapagos land iguanas. In addition, we had a great surprise and found a few flamingos in a brackish pond. This was a great moment for guests to practice photography skills during the golden hour at sunset.